Matt Johnson | Head Coach | Women’s Soccer | American International College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

Three things, in this order:

1) do they do well academically, is the degree the most important thing to
them – do they have a good work ethic

2) are they coachable, do they get along well with teammates

3) can they play the game at a high level including, athletic ability,
game awareness, technical ability and tactical awareness

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

We have a girl from England that is 5′ 2″with very limited athletic ability….when she came to the States three years ago, she was just an average player (very timid)…..I have never been around a player (male or female) that has worked harder than this player over the past three years to improve her game and become an impact player….she now starts as an attacking central midfielder for us (we are currently the third ranked division II team in the region)….all of this was achieved through hard work and extensive preparation.